Twelve people and one corporation have been charged with violations under the Wild Life Act in connection with illegally hunting caribou in Labrador.
The charges were laid by officers of the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice in connection with incidents in the Shipiskan Lake region of Labrador in March 2013.
A news release notes that on Jan. 28, 2013, the provincial government announced a hunting ban on all caribou in Labrador for a five-year period, for conservation purposes.
Shortly after the ban was announced Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers, with assistance from the RCMP, RNC and the Criminal Intelligence Service Newfoundland and Labrador (CISNL), conducted an investigation into allegations that individuals were violating that ban in the Shipiskan Lake region.
No court dates were announced in the news release.
Suspected poaching activity can be reported 24-hours a day, toll-free to either Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or Fish and Wildlife Enforcement at 1-877-820-0999. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com.